Some of the best trained doctors in the world graduate from the Latin American School of Medicine in Cuba. Presently, there are around 80 students from the United States attending the Latin American School of Medicine free of charge. That is the equivalent of a $200,000 to $250,000 medical scholarship. If you have graduated from high school, you might be able to get one of those scholarships.
Through the efforts of the Cuban Ministry of Public Health and Pastors for Peace (a New York based organization headed by Rev. Lucius Walker, Jr.), and supported by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, arrangements have been made whereby as many as 1000 students from the United States each year can be awarded a free ticket to medical school. The requirements are as follows:
(1) US citizenship and a current passport;
(2) One year of Biology or Zoology, one year of Inorganic Chemistry (with lab), one year of Organic Chemistry (with lab), and one year of Physics;
(3) Commitment to serve an underserved area in the US for a few years after graduation;
(4) No outstanding criminal charges or lawsuits.
Persons of color and/or low income are especially encouraged to apply! For more information, write or call to:
Pastors for Peace / IFCO, 402 W. 145th Street, New York, NY 10031
Tel: 212-926-5757, Fax 212-926-5842
If you are still in high school, start taking the science courses that will help you satisfy these requirements. If you have graduated from high school and are still under 30 years old, but have not taken the required science courses, take them at a community college, junior college or an appropriate adult education program and then apply for this scholarship. It could change your entire life.
WONDER WHY GEORGE W. DOESN’T WANT YOU TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CUBAN PEOPLE?
Find out this July! Come with us to meet:
- A healthy people, with free health care, who live on average to age 77 – the same as the same as those in the U.S. – yet some die prematurely and many others suffer unnecessary pain because the blockade denies them access to much of the world’s medicines and medical equipment.
- A cultured people who receive free education at all levels and have produced many outstanding scientists, artists, musicians, scholars and sports stars. Yet they cannot get access to many basic supplies, because of a 47 year long economic blockade by the U.S. government.
- A proud and humane people who share what they have. Cuba has sent tens of thousands of their doctors around the world to provide free health care to others in need, yet when 1600 Cuban doctors were ready to fly to New Orleans to help out after Hurricane Katrina, the Bush administration wouldn’t let them in – just like it tries to stop US citizens from visiting Cuba.
What’s it like to go on a caravan?
Watch this 8 minute audio slide show from the 2006 Cuba caravan and find out!
More than 100 US students are studying to become doctors in Cuba at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. Come learn about the school’s course of study, eligibility and how to apply, and meet recent graduates from the US and hear first hand reports.
Eight US students have graduated from the Latin American School of Medicine after completing a six-year study program on full scholarship
“We get everything from books, even uniforms. But the conditions are that we go back to our communities, wherever we’re needed, and we provide healthcare and that’s what we really want to do, so we’re actually looking forward to it,” said Evelyn Erickson, a graduate from New York.
Nearly 100 US students are currently receiving training at the Latin American Medical School in Havana.
The U.S. students praised Cuba’s universal, free health-care system, which is community based and focuses on preventing illness before it becomes more serious and costly, in contrast to the U.S. health industry indicted for being profit-based in Michael Moore’s recent film “SiCKO.”
“We have studied medicine with a humanitarian approach,” said Kenya Bingham, 29, of Alameda, California. “Health care is not seen as a business in Cuba. When you are sick, they are not going to try to charge you or turn you away if you don’t have insurance,” she said.
The main difference in studying in Cuba was that there was no charge and the graduates can begin their practice debt-free, said Jose De Leon, 27, from Oakland. “When medical doctors graduate in the United States they are usually in debt, between $250,000 to $500,000, and spend the first 10 years of their careers paying it off,” he said. More information
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